Grow a bountiful vegetable garden!
Every time I go to the grocery stores the past year I cringe at the prices of most food. Luckily we’re planning a large family food garden that’s high yielding and offers the best dollar value for the growing space. You can too! In this post, I’ll go over a few things you can do to maximize the value of your garden.
Keep reading to learn how to
get the most yield & dollar value from your veg patch
Start with Great Soil
I’ve been the beginner gardener that had a great first year growing food but then suffered the following year from lack of attention to soil nutrition. Although it does take a bit of basic knowledge, learning what your crops need to grow healthy food makes a huge difference to the size and yield of your garden. Although it does cost money to create great soil, over time you can learn to compost or have a worm bin (vermicomposting), do a trade with a neighbour for decomposed manure or keep an eye out for anyone giving it away for free.
Best Yield per Square Foot
Certain crops you only harvest one of (for example a cabbage or cauliflower) then you pull up the plant. Other crops offer continuous harvests for months. Here are the crops that offer a great yield in the given growing space which means more harvests for you and more dollar value for your garden. Other crops don’t take up much space and you can fit a lot into a small area.
- Baby greens
- Pole Beans
Grow Expensive to Buy Crops
Many crops cost more than others. For example carrots, even organic tend to be cheapish at the store, but add up fresh tomatoes or peppers and you’re definitely getting more dollar value from your garden. Here are some of the crops that cost a lot at the store.
- Berries of any kind (expensive to plant, but worth the investment long-term)
- Baby leafy greens (mescluns, arugula, spinach…)
- Organic broccoli & cauliflower
- Winter squash (cheap per/lb but heavy so they add up fast!)
- Lettuce (so much cheaper to grow your own, $2-3 pack of seeds is ONE head)
Use Smart Growing Techniques that Maximize Space
Using gardening methods like vertical gardening, succession sowing or smart garden planning you can definitely grow more food in your given space. Here’s a list of skills to master.
- Succession Sowing
- Inter-planting (& under-planting)
- Pre & post crops
- Vertical gardening
- Smart garden planning
- Triple your harvest of fresh greens
- Maximize your food garden
- Month-to-month homesteading to do lists
- Can you grow enough food to feed a family?
- Grow food year-round in a greenhouse
- Fantastic garden planning
- How to double your harvests
- Designing for large-scale food production
- Our family grew $2,000 worth of produce
Adding a 1-5 months a year from your garden adds so much dollar value to your garden. Although it takes a little practice, it’s well worth it in the long run.
- Grow food 365 days a year
- How to plant your fall & winter garden
- Growing a 3 season garden
- Crops that can handle frosts & snow
- Overwintering crops for zone 5
Over time your garden will become more productive and increase its dollar value the more you practice and learn about gardening.
My name is Isis Loran, creator of the Family Food Garden. I’ve been gardening for over 10 years now and push the limits of our zone 5 climates. I love growing heirlooms & experimenting with hundreds of varieties, season extending, crunchy homesteading and permaculture.